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PBS
Dec 2, 2012 6:00pm PST
? >> grover norquist, president of americans for tax reform, author of the no-tax-hike pledge, but some people ar -- wants everybody to hold the line, but some people are weakening. i things starting to soften up there? >> tom cole, republican from oklahoma, a very astute politician, was it very honestly and openly a politician before he got elected to congress, and said that we ought to take the deal and cut taxes on 98% of people, basically rid ourselves of the fact that most people other than charles c., that the republicans have become the party of billionaires' and millionaires in this debate. that is what happened in the election of 2012. that really is a continuing problem for republicans. that is what you are seeing to it is not just anti-grover norquist movement. it is a realization that they have a political problem. >> a lot of positive signs for a deal. one is that grover norquist, who is kind of a ridiculous figure, it has been exposed as that and people are walking away. businessmen are in town saying we want predictability, and that is a good sign. but the indication from
PBS
Dec 9, 2012 6:30pm PST
the government. >> well, that's what's disquieting, mickey. you know, grover norquist, who is the well-known lobbyist behind the pledge never to raise taxes, boasts that no republican has voted to increase taxes in the last 22 years. that takes us all the way back to 1990. but those 22 years, republicans led us into two wars without asking us to pay for them. they called for vast expenditures to fight terrorism. they gave big tax breaks to the top and the richest americans and said, "don't worry, your kids will pay for them." republicans supported huge subsidies for agribusiness and big energy companies. democrats did, too. they passed fabulous increases in medicare prescription benefits for the elderly. didn't raise a penny to pay for them. they advocated policies that led to the crash of 2008 -- so did democrats. today, we're $16 trillion in debt. and they are boasting that they haven't raised taxes in 22 years. what's that about? >> it's certainly not conservatism. it's not rational. and it's not adult. you know, when you create a program, you make a decision. you say, "i think
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